WASHINGTON, Mar 4 – The Russian Embassy views US-imposed sanctions against Russian citizens working in the justice system as interference in internal affairs to obstruct justice, a Russian spokesman said on Friday diplomatic missions Igor Girenko.
Earlier in the day, the United States imposed restrictions on six Russian justice officials in connection with the case of opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza*. Among those sanctioned are Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Oleg Sviridenko, Judge of the Basmanny Court of Moscow Elena Lenskaya, Judge of the Khamovniki District Court Diana Mishchenko and others. Washington accuses those under sanctions of allegedly violating human rights.
“We regard the sanctions imposed on March 3 by Washington against a number of Russian officials under the pretext of their alleged involvement in the violation of the rights of Vladimir Kara-Murza * as interference in the internal affairs of our country in order to obstruct justice,” said Girenko, whose comment was published on the embassy’s telegram channel RF.
He recalled that this Russian citizen is accused of serious crimes, including high treason, dissemination of deliberately false information about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, as well as cooperation with an organization undesirable in Russia.
Kara-Murza* is accused of treason and spreading fake news about the Russian army. In early February, the Basmanny Court of Moscow extended Kara-Murza*’s arrest until March 12.
* An individual acting as a foreign agent.
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